Posted by: bkivey | 13 May 2014

AGW Jumps the Shark

There are a lot of reasons to dismiss the anthropogenic global warming (AGW) movement: the observed data doesn’t match the predictions, its acolytes have to fudge, manipulate, and outright fabricate data to give the appearance of a crisis, supporters have fairly successfully installed it as an official State religion, and it’s a naked attempt by watermelons (green on the outside, red on the inside) to control people’s lives.

Then there’s the inconvenient truth that predictions made in the late 80’s for the early 21st century completely failed to materialize. The AGW crowd is now caught up on the euphemism treadmill: ‘global warming’ isn’t happening, so they changed the name to ‘climate change’, but that can mean anything, and now we have ‘climate disruption’, which is supposed to sound ominous enough to scare people into giving up control of their lives to the Anointed. But of all the reasons to suspect the AGW movement, only a Progressive would make the claim that it doesn’t resonate with people because its too . . . White.

In a story that sounds like something straight from The Onion, but is all too real, Suzanne Goldenberg made just that argument in The Guardian on 8 May. The title of the piece: “Why are so many white men trying to save the planet without the rest of us?” is an indication of the level of naval-gazing, and the lede sounds like a bad joke:

Climate change affects minorities and women, the elderly and the poor. But the leadership of the environmental movement is pale and male. That doesn’t look like progress.

Apparently non-poor White people are unaffected by climate change disruption.

Ms. Goldenberg enumerates a number of ‘Green activist organizations and notes the paleness and XY-chromosome-ness of their leaders. She complains that leadership in Big Green “. . . doesn’t even look like America.”

Oh, but it does.

AGW in America, and much of the West, is almost exclusively the concern of White people afflicted with a severe case of White guilt and/or a pathological need to control people. I would posit that a large number of White males involved in the AGW scene think they’re showing their ‘sensitive’ side, and are hoping to score with women.

You’d think that Ms. Goldenberg would be advocating for people of color to join the AGW movement, but, uh, no. I suspect she knows the AGW argument falls on deaf ears in the developing world, where  people want the standard of living the West has, and where the majority population is decidedly non-White. Her social myopia is evident by her column’s insistence that the movements faults lie in the fact that not enough women are involved.

As long as a person buys into the religion that is AGW, their sex is a distinction without a difference. Ms. Goldenburg comes across as a whiny teenager complaining about how unfair life is, and that pretty much sums up Progressivism in general.

Making Money on Sports Betting

If you want to make money betting on sports, call me up, ask my opinion, then bet the exact opposite. Cases in point:

The Portland Winterhawks played Game 7 of the WHL Final last night. After winning the first three games of the series, the Hawks dropped the next three. Seeing that Game 7 was on home ice, I was confident they’d win the championship. They lost to to the Edmonton Oil Kings 4 – 2.

The Portland Trailblazers were completely dominated by the San Antonio Spurs in the first three games of the Western Conference semi-finals. It looked like a four game sweep for the Spurs, and that’s how I would have bet. I may have remarked to people that Monday would be the Blazers last game of the year. They won, continuing the series at least through Game 5.

I was disappointed that the Winterhawks won’t repeat as WHL champions, and happy that the Blazers have a little life left, but don’t take my advice on sports book.

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